Friday, 7 July 2017

Love a Creative Life! - Trimcraft DT



Hello, I'm back again with a +The Craft Blog by Trimcraft  catch up post.  Since creating this card I have now framed it in a natural wood shadow box frame for display.

The beautiful FE Wild Flower papers, Creative Life phrase, and flamingo die conspired with my imagination to create this one.  The beautiful paper made me imagine a lush landscape inhabited by Butterfly Flamingos (I'm calling them Fla-Wingos!) with lots of creative messages, ‘creative life = happy life’, ‘LOVE to create’ ‘own style’, the words can be interpreted in different ways.  I’ve used the ‘wink, wink’ ribbon to remind me to never take myself too seriously. My message is always to have fun creating in your own style.


Step by Step:
Cover front of Dovecraft 6x6 Kraft card base (fold across top) with purple pattern Wild Flower paper.  Add a panel of Wild Flower paper inside card to write greeting on.
Cut green canvas effect Wild Flower paper approx. 14cm using Dovecraft decorative edge scissors, mat onto slightly larger square of pink paper (Dovecraft Colours) using d/s tape. Doodle a faux stitch effect around edges using a white pen, when dry add to card front.

Place the ‘Creative Life’ sticker (Kiss & Make Up) to top left on card front. Die cut letters to ‘LOVE’ from text print paper (FE Sweet Nothings) using First Edition alphabet dies and glue to right of chipboard sticker. Add 3 small glitter dots and a heart shaped pearl to decorate.

Using the Dovecraft Flamingo die, cut 3 different colours from Dovecraft Glitter card, purple green & pink, cut 3 butterflies from lilac, white and pink.  Glue flamingos in a row across centre of card front, fold up butterfly wings, apply glue to body part only and glue to flamingos. Add a small gemstone to each butterfly.  Glue a colour matched sequin to each flamingo for the eye and top with a clear adhesive gem.

Take ‘wink,wink’ ribbon (Kiss & Make Up) and adhere across card front just under flamingos feet, allow ribbon to overhang card edges and fish tail ends.
Using black ink stamp letters on to green paper to spell out ‘To’ ‘Create’ ‘Own’ Style’, cut out words and doodle faux stitching around cut edges.  Glue words into place around flamingos.

Die cut a layered flower and leaves from purple Wild Flower paper and white glitter card, assemble flower with 3D foam square and then add to ribbon at right, shape leaves and glue into place around flower, add a glitter dot to the centre of flower.

To finish, add a ‘love’ chipboard sticker (Kiss & Make Up) to first flamingo as if holding in it’s foot. Add 3 enamel hearts under ‘Love’ word, and glue a ‘sea’ of green, purple and pink sequins along the bottom of card.


Products Used:
First Edition Wild Flower 6x6 paper pad
Dovecraft Colours Paper 6x6 pack
First Edition Sweet Nothings Paper (for text pattern)
First Edition Alphabet Dies
Dovecraft Flamingo Die
Dovecraft Layered Flower Die
Dovecraft Butterfly Die
Dovecraft Kiss & Makeup Chipboard Stickers
Dovecraft Kiss & Makeup Heart Shaped Pearls
Dovecraft Kiss & Makeup Ribbon
Simply Creative Alphabet Clear Stamps
Dovecraft Glitter Card
Dovecraft Victorian Edge Scissors
Dovecraft Enamel Stickers
Dovecraft Sequins
Dovecraft Adhesive Gems
Adhesives: D/S Tape, Clear Drying Glue, 3D Foam Pads
White Pen, Black Ink

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Peacock Twisted Easel Birthday Card - Trimcraft DT


Hello, playing catch up blogging my crafty makes, here is a recent DT make for +The Craft Blog by Trimcraft

There is a peacock die in the newest selection of dies from Dovecraft and I thought it would work well with the pretty greens, blues, and purples of the FE Wildflower papers.  I quite like paper folding and it’s been a while since I last made a card with the ‘Dahlia Fold’, this is a really easy fold based on circles and I felt the Scalloped circle dies teamed with the double sided Wildflower papers would echo the shapes of a peacocks feathers.  I made this one a Twisted Easel, it’s a great way to add more to a card but still keep the same 6x6 size for posting, it also makes a great display piece for the recipient.

Step By Step:
Create a 6x6 white card base (or use a sturdy ready-made), score and fold the card front diagonally to give the easel part.  Cut a 6x6 square of white card and adhered to the easel part of the base card, line up the panel and only add adhesive to the bottom triangle.

Add layer panels to card front and inside card, lilac pattern Wildflower paper as the first layer, then cut green panels (I’m using a card base from the Pic n Mix pack as I liked the shade of green).  Round corners of green card panels and add faux stitching using white pen.  Adhere panels to front and inside using d/s tape.


Cut 8 doily circle shapes (about 7cm dia.) from double sided Wildflower paper and fold each one in dahlia fold (google dahlia fold, there are lots of diagrams to help).  When you’ve created your 8 folded pieces, arrange them onto a circle and glue into place.  Add the completed medallion to the card front using d/s tape and glue.

Die cut the peacock from blue and green glitter card, paper piecing the green into the blue. Add adhesive gems to ‘eyes’ of feathers, top of head and peacock’s eye.  Glue peacock onto a doily die cut from white card.


Die cut leaves and flowers from Wildflower papers, shape, arrange and adhere with 3D foam squares to white circle alongside peacock.  Use 3D foam to adhere the peacock panel into the centre of the Dahlia folded medallion.

Inside card, Cut a large doily shape from silky wildflower paper and adhere using d/s tape and glue.  Create a ‘stopper’ for the easel by die-cutting a small doily from white card, die cut a 2nd and glue together to create strength.  Adhere stopper inside card with 3D foam, test position first by opening card into easel before pressing down the stopper to fix in place. Die cut a layered flower from Wildflower paper and blue glitter card, top with adhesive gem and add to centre of stopper.


Die cut Happy Birthday from Wildflower paper and glue to left of stopper.  Add die cut flowers and leaves, topping with adhesive gems.

To finish, add a small die cut white flower to each dahlia fold point using glue, top each with alternate stones in green and purple.  Add a pale blue adhesive gem to each corner of the card front.  Your message greeting can be added to a doily die cut and adhered to the base or the back panel of the card.


Products Used:
First Edition Wildflower 8x8 Paper Pad – FEPAD147
First Edition Wildflower 6x6 Paper Pad – FEPAD148
First Edition Doily Dies – FEDIE164
Dovecraft Peacock Die – DCDIE092
Dovecraft Layering Flowers Dies – DCDIE085
Dovecraft Happy Birthday Dies – DCDIE067
Dovecraft Flowers & Leaves Dies – DCDIE066
Dovecraft Let’s Picnic Cards & Envs – DCCE056
Dovecraft Glitter Card Emerald – DCGC07
Dovecraft Glitter Card Topaz – DCGC16
Simply Creative Adhesive Gems 6mm – SCDOT027
Simply Creative Adhesive Gems 3mm – SCDOT026
White Card, White Pen
Adhesives: D/S Tape, Glue, 3D Foam Squares

Thursday, 29 June 2017

DIY Thank You Cards - Perfect for Teachers - Papermilldirect DT


Hello, I have a new Papermilldirect DT card to share, it's a super easy DIY Thank You card perfect for Teachers, this CAS (Clean & Simple) card design is ideal for batch making and makes great use of the brand new Card Blanks now available from Papermilldirect!  These card blanks are cut in a handy range of sizes and scored all ready for folding and are invaluable when batch making.  



Step by Step:
  • Take a papermilldirect A6 white card blank (unfolded) ready to stamp onto.  I’m using a new toy, a Stamping Platform and it’s so easy to secure an unfolded card blank nice and flat ready for stamping.
Position the Thank You stamp so it’s towards the left of the card front and ink up with black ink before pressing down firmly. (It’s also easy to use these clear stamps with a regular stamping block if you prefer). Simply remove the stamped card blank and fold on the score line using a bone folder or tool for a crisp finish.
 
Using an Apple shape die, die cut the shape from PMD Intensive Red and PMD Intensive Green.


I have snipped the leaf and stalk off the green shape and used a clear drying glue to paper piece it onto the red apple. (it’s quick and easy!) but for an even speedier make you could just keep to one colour apples.
Use a 3D foam pad to adhere the apple onto the card front, positon at a slight angle to right of stamped sentiment. And that’s it!  A CAS style thank you card all ready to go.   
Why not speed make by stamping a batch of Papermilldirect ready-made Card Blanks in advance, and doing a spot of bulk die-cutting at a later date, there are a few different shades of reds and greens across the Papermilldirect cardstock range to cut different colour apples.  You could involve young children in helping by handing them the ready stamped bases and letting them add the apples with a simple foam pad on the back, a perfect way to say Thank You to a Teacher,
Angela x

Products Used:
A6 White Card Blank – Papermilldirect  
Intensive Red 210gsm – Papermilldirect
Intensive Green 210gsm – Papermilldirect  
Thank You Clear Stamp – DCSTP112 – Dovecraft
Fruit Die Set – FEDIE144 – First Edition
Archival Inkpad - Black Tuxedo – Ranger
Adhesives: Clear Drying Glue, 3D Foam Pads


 
  

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Pretty Flamingo Card - Trimcraft DT


Hello there! so what have I been up lately?  Well I've been working with lots of new products for the +Trimcraft Ltd  Design Team, like the funky new Dovecraft Kiss & Make up collection. I thought it would be fun to team it with one of the new Dovecraft mini cutting dies, a Flamingo to go with the pink theme.  Keeping the colour palette simple with black, white, pink and red for a modern look. 

Step By Step:
  • Using d/s tape, adhere a 14.5cm square of white card from the FE textured card pack to front of 6x6 red card base from the Dovecraft ‘Let’s Picnic’ pack with fold across the top.
  • Cut 12cm square of pink hair head pattern paper and mat onto a slightly larger square of black card to leave a small border all around.  Adhere to card front.
  • Cut 3cm deep strip of ‘Hey’ paper and mat onto a strip of black card to leave a border along the top only.  Cut pink pattern paper and black card into fringing, layer up and adhere to ‘Hey’ strip, securing at the back with d/s tape.  Add lips pattern washi tape across top of strip.  Trim completed strip to approx. 14.5cm so it spans to edge of white card before adhering in place across lower section of card front.
  • Die cut Flamingo from pink glitter card and glue to doily shape die cut from white textured card. Add to card front using 3D foam squares so it overlaps the ‘hey’ paper strip.
 
  • Die cut 3 feathers, 2 from Kiss & Make up pattern paper and 1 from pink glitter card.  Position at right of doily, slipping bottom of feathers into the holes and securing the feathers using 3D foam squares.  Slip 2 heart topped stick pins amongst the feathers, pushing down and into the foam behind the doily to secure.
  • Using black ink stamp letters to spell out ‘Pretty’ ‘Flamingo’ onto white textured card.  Cut out words and mat onto slightly larger black card to give a small border all around.  Use 3D foam to add words, at angles, to left of flamingo overlapping onto doily.
  • To finish, add 3 adhesive hearts to bottom left on card, a small adhesive black gem to flamingo’s eye, and a panel of pattern paper to the inside of card.
Products Used:
Dovecraft Kiss & Make Up 8x8 Paper – DCPAP056
Dovecraft Kiss & Make Up Washi Tape – DCWST006
Dovecraft Kiss & Make Up Heart Stick Pins – DCTOP055
Dovecraft Flamingo Die – DCDIE089
First Edition Nesting Doily Dies – FEDIE164
First Edition Bird Dies – FEDIE059
First Edition 12x12 Textured Card – FEPAD062
Simply Creative Clear Alpha Stamps – SCSTP001
Dovecraft Let’s Picnic 6x6 Cards & Envs – DCCE056
Dovecraft Pink Glitter Card
Black Ink
Adhesives: d/s Tape, 3D Foam Squares, clear drying glue

Friday, 14 April 2017

Egg Hunt Easter Card - Trimcraft DT



Hello, Happy Easter!!  Sharing a +Trimcraft Ltd DT make with you today.  I do so love the wonderfully coordinated collections that Dovecraft bring us, and the Blooming Lovely collection is a great example. It’s full of pretty patterns, colours and lots of well-chosen embellishments, perfect inspiration for spring makes.  Here I have used the collection to create a fun shaped Easter card, working on the idea of an Easter Egg Hunt, I have included a little vellum pocket on the main card to hold a small shaped mini egg card and a little stick flag and pinwheel.   Here’s a video to show all the elements: https://youtu.be/XfH20nKn6ak


Step by Step:
Create an Egg or Oval shaped card base from Dovecraft White card with a flat straight base and fold to the left. Mine measures approx. 14.5cm high x 10cm at widest point.  Cover front of card with hexagon pattern paper and edge with ‘Crystal’ glitter glue.

Add Dovecraft vellum to cover bottom of shaped card front, apply glue sparingly around edge to adhere and leave top (pocket) unglued.  Apply Crystal glitter glue around the outer edges to match rest of card.

Add a length of orange strip ribbon across the top of the vellum pocket using permafix tape and trim flush with card edges. Glue a lilac bow to right on ribbon. Apply a clear ‘Springtime’ sentiment sticker to Vellum pocket and a plastic button topped with an adhesive gem.

Create a mini card (approx. 8cm high x 5cm wide) to fit into the pocket by cutting 2 small egg / oval shapes.  Score a line a little way down on the back piece, apply glue above the line and join the 2 shapes together.  Slice a little of the back panel so the card will stand.  Add a ‘Hello’ sticker to the inside. Cover front with lilac pattern paper, add a strip of blue striped wash tape across the centre and trim flush with edges.  Die cut a bunny from white card and glue to centre, add a small blue adhesive pearl to the eye.  Edge mini card with Crystal glitter glue and leave to dry.

Take a bunny garland flag and fold in half, shape in your fingers, then roll around top of garland stick, using glue to adhere.

Cut a strip of yellow floral paper approx. 1.5cm wide, score and fold to create a mini pinwheel rosette.  Glue ends together to form a circle, push down and glue onto a small circle of card., before it dries glue a garland stick to the back by sliding it along one of the folds and glue the circle of card on top to secure. When dry top with a floral sticker.

To finish, die cut a butterfly from aqua pattern paper, glue to vellum and cut out to leave a small border all around.  Shape wings in your fingers then glue to top right of main card by applying glue only along the body of butterfly.  Decorate butterfly with adhesive pearls in pale pink. Slip the mini card, bunny flag and pinwheel into the vellum pocket.

Products Used:  
Blooming Lovely Collection:
6x6 Paper Pad – DCPAP054
CuttinG Dies – DCDIE079
Grosgrain Ribbon – DCRBB013
Mini Bows - DCRBN024
Garland Flags – DCTOP052
Washi Tapes – DCWT005
Clear Stickers – DCSTK033
Stickers – DCSTK031
Adhesive Pearls – DCDOT022
Plastic Buttons – DCBTN018
Plus:
Dovecraft White Card
Dovecraft Vellum
Dovecraft Glitter Glue Pastel – Crystal
Adhesives: d/s tape, glue

Monday, 10 April 2017

Blooming Lovely Spring Bunny - Trimcraft DT


Hello, Easter is almost here and I have a few projects to share with you, starting with this fun bunny make which is not just for Easter but will see you throgh the Springtime too.  I have a couple of these free standing MDF bunny kits which I bought in a clearance sale and thought it would be nice to decorate one in the pretty 'Blooming Lovely' spring collection by Dovecraft. 


I started by priming the MDF pieces using white acrylic and then used various papers from the collection to cover the shapes. 
Deco Mache gloss glue and varnish worked perfectly with these papers, applying it before the paper and after the paper to ensure it was well coated.

The bunny tail was covered with Dovecraft white glitter card, and the whiskers were formed from Dovecraft cream & white twine, which i strengthed by coating with clear drying glue and leaving it to dry before adding to the bunny face.

Around the neck i added Dovecraft Fringe Paper, pink organza ribbon and a little purple ribbon bow. 

Paper flowers decorate the head. For detail on the face I used Dovecraft 3D Enamel effects in white and used the 3D pearl effects in clear to cover the pink paper nose.


Products Used:
First Edition Deco Mache Gloss Glue & Varnish
Dovecraft Blooming Lovely 8x8 Paper Pack - DCPAP053
Dovecraft Blooming Lovely Paper Flowers - DCFLW012
Dovecraft Glitter Card White - DCGC02
Dovecraft Blooming Lovely Mini Bows - DCRBN024
Dovecraft Floral Muse Organza Ribbon - DCRBB005
Dovecraft Fringe Paper - DCTOP040
Dovecraft 3D Enamel Effects White - DCBS98
Dovecraft 3D Pearl Effects Pastel Clear -
Dovecraft Cream & White Twine -

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Hello Spring Watercolour Card - Papermilldirect DT




Hello, today I am  sharing the first of two cards I have made teaming +Papermilldirect cardstock with a stamp set and Derwent watercolour pencils.  The stamp set I am using is free with the current issue (April 2017) of +Making Card    magazine and comprises of various plants, pots and sentiments, but you could of course use a different stamp if you prefer.  I’m really loving the PMD Lustre Print card at the moment, it die-cuts and embosses beautifully, no cracking or creasing, and those gorgeous colours and lustre are making it my ‘go-to’ card at the moment.


Step by Step:

1.       Stamp a plant and a pot using black Archival ink onto Papermilldirect White Hemp card.

2.      Start to add colour to the image using the Derwent Colour Pencils directly onto the card, along the edges and where shadows may fall, (you don’t need to colour all the space).  I’m using Derwent Pencils #61 Copper Beech & #59 Golden Brown for the plant pot.  Leaves are #45 Mineral Green & #47 Grass Green.  The flowers are #23 Imperial Purple & #20 Crimson Lake.  I have also used #67 Ivory Black sparingly along with a little green for outline and shadow.

3.    Take a brush and wet it with water, use it to blend the watercolour to complete the colouring of the image.  Add more colour if you need to by using the brush to transfer a little colour from the tip of the pencil.  Clean brush between colour families. Leave image to dry.

4.       From Papermilldirect Lustre Print Silver ‘Tea Rose’, die cut the largest shape in the nesting bloom die set.  Die cut a circle approx. 8.5cm dia. From PMD Lustre Print Silver ‘Spring Green’ card.

5.       Emboss the Shaped bloom piece using a ‘swirls’ style embossing folder.  If you folder is smaller, simple position the folder so it covers complete petal shapes and then run through again to emboss the missing part.

6.       Cut out the stamped image using a circle die approx. 7.5cm dia. And mat onto the Spring Green coloured circle using d/s tape and a little glue.

7.       Create a card base by cutting 2 of the largest Nesting Bloom die shapes from Papermilldirect Plain White card.  Score 1 of the shapes approx. 1.5cm from what will be the top of your card.  With shaped card bases be sure to test that the card will stand evenly before deciding on your score line position.  Here I have ensure that 2 petals will stand equally at the bottom for a sturdy base.

8.       Attach the 2 white shaped card pieces together by applying adhesive above the score line and then line up the other piece directly on top before pressing down to secure.  Add the embossed ‘tea rose’ shaped to the card front using d/s tape and glue.

9.       Add stamped panel to centre of card front using 3D foam to give height.
10.   Stamp the ‘hello’ sentiment using Black Archival ink onto Lustre Print Silver Spring Green Card and again onto White hemp card.  Cut the words out as a strip and fishtail the right side ends.

11.   Shape ‘hello’ strips in your fingers, arrange position and then adhere to top right of stamped panel using glue to slip the strips into place.

12.   To finish add pale lilac and pale purple mini adhesive gems.

I love to make shaped cards, even small cards such as this one give impact to showcase a little watercolour image. The water-colouring is very simple and easy to achieve good results using the Derwent watercolour pencils.  I will be sharing an even simpler watercolour colour technique next time using this stamp set, Angela x


Materials Used:

White Hemp 255gsm – Papermilldirect
Lustre Print Silver Card – Tea Rose - Papermilldirect
Lustre Print Silver Card – Spring Green – Papermilldirect
Spring Stamp Set – Free with April 2017 issue of Making Cards Magazine
Derwent Watercolour Pencils – 12 set - Papermilldirect
Nesting Bloom die set – FEDIE163 - First Edition
Framelits Circles die set - #657551 – Sizzix
Swirls Embossing Folder – Cuttlebug – Provocraft
Black Archival Ink Pad

Small Adhesive Gems – pale lilac, pale purple
Adhesives: d/s tape, clear drying glue, 3D foam squares